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Corpuscle of touch

CORPUCLE OF TOUCH ANATOMY

Also referred to as Meissner’s corpuscle, the corpuscle of touch is created by the nerve endings of two or three fibers, like a little oval mass of dendrites creating its own sensory mechanism. The fibers are enclosed in protective sheaths to create the illusion of one thicker fiber.

Parts of the body which are generally devoid of hair (eyelids, external genitals, the soles of the feet) are the most common place to find these corpuscles. They are often found in the papillary layer of the skin.

This creates an effect of hypersensitivity to movement that is truly barely discernable and can detect the sensation of objects which hardly make contact with the skin’s surface.

These receptors are stimulated by the finest and lightest of touch. Additionally, these sensory mechanism are activated when an object is touched for the purpose of determining its texture.

CORPUCLE OF TOUCH DIAGRAM

Corpuscle of touch
Image: Corpuscle Of Touch

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